Next stop: Barbados!
This harbour was very special for us as the dive crew! Finally we also had work to do – that is in diving!!! I had my dive course (OW 1-3), we had DSDs and Snorkelers. My course was great. The water was finally blue (before it was still not the typical Caribbean colour) and my students got to do 2 wreck dives on their first steps into diving! It was a great place, but unfortunately I didn’t get to see much more than the beach where we were all day, coz the moment we got back to the ship, it left the harbour.
So that was also our first day on which we really had to wash gear. Here at AIDA the guests do not touch their equipment after diving! It’s all to us to wash it, you can imagine that this takes forever! But it’s all good coz we also got our 4th diver Christopher on board!
Wow!! I have arrived in the Caribbean! In the morning I went on a whale watching tour (I had to translate) and we found 6 sperm wales (German: Pottwale)!! Two of them were mom and baby!! It was just lovely and noooo picture I took can represent the amazing time we all had on the boat!
Once the whale watching boat came back to the ship new guests embarked to do a snorkeling tour at the Champagne Reef, which is supposed to be famous because gas bubbles come out of the bottom (it is something volcanic). I just stayed on the boat and didn’t get to eat lunch (note to myself for next time!!!). My students from the previous day also arrived and we did OWD4 at that reef. Most snorkelers were totally disappointed, I, however, had the time of my life. This dive would easily rank in the top 15 dives I ever did. Maybe that is because I had no expectations at all and once we descended I found so much stuff! Sea snakes, moray eels, trigger fish in other colours than in Thailand and Australia, a GIANT lobster and so on! The gas bubbles coming out of the water were disappointing in the end. I saw that kind of thing before in Indonesia where massive bubbles came out of the bottom. Here it was rather boring!
And as in Barbados, after being back on the ship we left the harbour again! Seems that I didn’t get to see much more than the beaches at the destinations – fine by me ;-)
Well, maybe you heard about the hurricane “Thomas”. It has been here and the sea has no visibility at all! Also, we arrived on the 11 of November, which is a very holy holiday! Too bad that I got the tour on a seedboat with snorkeling and shopping:-P I was pretty afraid that the guests would kill me, because that’s how they are when a excursion isn’t done like in the brochure! Luckily, all of them were pretty cool about it. I did my best to excuse the changing of plans and we all had an amazing day anchored in a lonely bay, just swimming around and relaxing while having a rum and coke in the hand!
After we got back to the ship I had like 1,5 hours to explore the pier with lots of shops. St Marten is very American tailored. Next to AIDA was the Freedom of the Sea, it looks HUGE next to the Aida! However, it does look like a skyscraper, which I, personally don’t like!
It was a very nice day! Unfortunately, I didn’t get to see much of the city!
Finally, we have arrived. New guests arrived at Rosseau today and our OLD (as in past and as in very OLD in age) guests left. Before, though, they would go on tours as their flights only left in the evening! I was lucky to get the best tour ever!!!!
The boat arrived just next to the ship and 32 guests embarked. After, we drove to “Piscine Naturale”, something I have never seen before, just on post cards! Translated it means “Natural swimming pool” – and indeed, in the middle of the ocean (you could still see land though) there was the bluest water I have ever seen and it was only waist deep (well obviously deeper for me hahah). Rum and Coke was served, sea stars could be found and music was on board of our boat! It was soooo amazing! After an hour or so we continued to drive to Isla Saona, a beautiful island without any population, except on days when tourists go there. Some Natives prepare a buffet, another native man climbs up to get us a coconut to cut it open to drink and eat it. One of the guides from our tour boat gave me a hat made of leaves as a present :-) After a few hours we drove back to the ship, which meant for us back to work and for our guest back to Germany. I had check in for the new guests in the evening.
It was an amaaaazing day and I hope I get this tour again next time (in 2 weeks!)
Today we have been to Aruba! I got the tour with the certified dives. A dive boat picked us up at the ship, we drove to the dive spots (Pilot boat Wreck and Harbour Reef) from which we could still see the AIDA!It was great dives, but the visibility was poor, but I can imagine that it is a nice dive spot. It rained throughout the day and our guest are a bit grumpy about that.
There is a strange man from SSI on board who teaches us DAN O2 and first aid (quiet ironic, considering I am already an O2 and first aid instructor!!!! If the Australian or Thai SSi people would see some of their colleagues in Germany, they would not recognize that it is the same company…lol…very very German!! I am afraid it’s getting downhill now that headquarters were moved to Germany!
For me (and my roomy) it was a great day though, as we changed cabins!!! YEEEAAHHHH, we got one on the outside, we see light when we wake up! How nice is that?! Today will be my first night here!
There is always so much to write, but I usually forget all the things!!! Damn!
Well I post some pictures now and go up to deck 10 to go to the 80s party to check out the new passengers ;-)
In 2 days time we will arrive in Panama!